Businesses Lack Confidence In Politicians


    Small business owners lack confidence in the provincial government’s ability to balance Ontario’s budget, says a survey by the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB). The survey asked business owners about the current state of Ontario’s finances. It showed 91 per cent agreed that Ontario faces more severe economic and fiscal challenges than most Ontarians realize and 88 per cent agree that without action Ontario faces a series of deficits that would undermine the province’s economic and social future. As well, 87 per cent agree that we can no longer assume Ontario’s traditional strong economic growth and continued prosperity on which the province has built its public services will carry on. While 78 per cent of respondents want the government to act now to balance the budget by 2017/18, most have no faith in the current minority parliament to meet that target.